The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) is an integral part of Kiama Preschool’s educational program and daily practice. It is the national early childhood curriculum framework which outlines the principles, practices and outcomes to support and enhance children’s learning from birth to five, as well as their transition to school.

The EYLF recognises the importance of play-based learning in promoting discovery, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and spontaneity. Play can expand children’s thinking and enhance their desire to know and learn.

The notions of belonging, being and becoming are acknowledged as fundamental in children constructing their own identities and understandings of the world.

Belonging is integral to human existence as it shapes who children are and who they will become.

Being is about recognising the significance of here and now in children’s lives by allowing them the time to just be themselves and grow at their own pace.

Becoming reflects the process of rapid and significant change that occurs as young children learn and grow.

The EYLF conveys the highest expectations of children’s learning through the five learning outcomes:

Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity

  • Relationships are the foundation for the construction of identity as children consider ‘who I am’, ‘how I belong’ and ‘what is my influence’. Identity is not fixed but is shaped by positive experiences within the contexts of children’s families and communities.

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

  • From birth children experience living and learning with others in a range of communities. As children interact with the world around them they become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.

Outcome 3: Children have a strong sense of wellbeing

  • Wellbeing incorporates physical health, feelings of happiness, satisfaction and successful social functioning. A strong sense of wellbeing provides children with confidence, optimism and resilience which maximises their learning potential.

Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

  • Children develop their competence in becoming active and involved participants in their learning by experimenting, exploring and trying out new ideas. They continue to develop understandings of themselves through active, hands-on investigation.

Outcome 5: Children are effective communicators

  • Children interact with others using gestures sounds, language and assisted communication. They are social beings who are intrinsically motivated to exchange ideas, thoughts, questions and feelings.

Want to learn more about the Early Years Learning Framework? Check out this link:

http://www.cscentral.org.au/Resources/eylf/living-practice-with-the-eylf.pdf